BERKELEY — Sonny Dykes made the most of a tough situation in his first recruiting class as coach at California.
Two months after inheriting a 3-9 team from the fired Jeff Tedford, Dykes put together a 25-player class with an emphasis on offensive and defensive linemen that ranks in the middle of the conference, according to analysts.
Dykes managed to keep most of the key players who committed to Cal when Tedford was coach and made a few key additions in the closing weeks. While the class lacks star power, Dykes is pleased with the depth he added on both lines of scrimmage with eight defensive linemen and five offensive linemen.
"Those guys will never be the flashy guys in a recruiting class," Dykes said Wednesday. "Football is won and lost in the trenches. To add 13 quality players in terms of our lines was critical."
The defensive group includes two junior college players, Sione Sina and Kyle Kragen, who have already enrolled in school and could make an immediate impact, as well as talented incoming freshmen Takkarist McKinley, Tony Mekari and Garrett Hughes.